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Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration

September 8, 2016

These Guidelines provide a framework for anyone seeking to ensure family care for children. Children outside of family care face significant disadvantages; they may experience developmental impairments and lasting psychological harm, be less likely to attend or do well in school and be cut off from the social networks they need to flourish in adulthood. Global trends associated with child separation, including poverty, conflict and mass migration are separating children in every region, making these Guidelines broadly relevant. Being cut off from life in a family not only violates children's rights, it also weakens society as a whole. If child separation is not addressed effectively, it undermines achievement of national development targets – from education to growth.

Protect My Future: Why Child Protection Matters in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

April 1, 2013

This inter-agency paper is the culmination of a series on the links between child protection and major development goals, designed to feed into the thematic debates around the post-2015 development framework.The alarming impacts of child protection failures are likely to grow in significance unless something is done urgently. Global trends such as climate change, migration and urbanisation are all increasing children's vulnerability and governments are not investing enough resources in building and maintaining comprehensive child protection systems. Children around the world want more support to enable them to grow up free from violence, and within caring, safe families. It is therefore is essential that governments, UN agencies and other actors engaged in the design of the framework that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015:1. Include a goal on child protection. For example: All children live a life free from all forms of violence, are protected in conflicts and disasters, and thrive in a safe family environment2. Listen to the voices of children, including vulnerable and commonly excluded groups such as those without adequate care and protection, in debates around the design of the post 2015 development framework and in the implementation and monitoring of this framework.3. Promote the equitable achievement of all other goals included in the post 2015 development framework through assessing progress within commonly excluded and discriminated against groups, including children without adequate care and protection.

Protect My Future. The Links Between Child Protection and Population Dynamics In the Post-2015 Development Agenda

March 1, 2013

Globally, populations are changing at a rapid rate, and it is essential that any efforts designed to improve the well-being of societies recognise and respond to these changes. This includes the design of the framework that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and consultations on the content of this framework rightly include specific attention to population dynamics. Key trends identified by this background paper for the Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics in the Post-2015 Development Agenda include: population growth, population ageing, urbanisation and migration. In this paper we focus on some of these trends to illustrate the major impact of population dynamics on children, with a particular emphasis on their care and protection. We focus specifically on:The rising numbers of children in the developing world, many of whom are at risk as a consequence of living outside of parental careThe growing rates of child migration and consequent exposure to trafficking and other forms of exploitation, abuse and neglectThe impacts of rising adult migration on the children who are left behindThe increasing vulnerability of children as a result of urbanisationThe phenomenon of 'skipped-generation' households and the impacts on children and older people of the rising use of grandparent care.Through these examples, we argue that several major population trends are leading to boys and girls around the world becoming increasingly exposed to inadequate care, exploitation, abuse and neglect. This combined evidence suggests that a post-MDG framework which acknowledges the dynamic needs of populations must consider the growing importance of a focus on children's protection and care, an area neglected by the current MDGs.

Protect My Future: The Links Between Child Protection and Health and Survival In the Post-2015 Development Agenda

December 17, 2012

The current global crisis in children's protection and care is both intrinsically harmful to children and threatens the achievement of other rights and broader development goals (EveryChild et al 2010; BCN et al 2012). In this paper, we focus on the inter-dependence between efforts to reduce the exploitation, abuse and neglect of children and global goals on health and survival as articulated by the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We argue that for the mutual benefit of both these areas, the framework that will replace the MDGs in 2015 must both continue to include a focus on health and child survival, and encompass particular goals and indicators on children's protection.

Protect My Future: The Links Between Child Protection and Equity

October 1, 2012

The lack of care and protection facing children is a global crisis with billions of children experiencing abuse, neglect or exploitation, and many millions growing up outside of families, on the streets or in harmful institutional care. This lack of adequate care and protection is commonly the result of inequalities.Gender norms make girls especially vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation, early marriage and domestic work, and boys to hazardous child labour and detention. Children with disabilities, from ethnic minorities or living with or affected by HIV are more likely than their peers to suffer from a loss of care and protection, and income inequalities increase exposure to child labour and institutionalisation.Children without adequate care and protection are commonly stigmatised, and have inequitable access to education, health, social protection and justice. Combined with the long lasting impacts of neglect, abuse and institutionalisation, this lack of access to basic services severely diminishes life chances, creating a spiral of disadvantage.In order to break this spiral, a three-pronged strategy is required which sees: reductions in social and economic inequalities that have a major impact on children's care and protection; increased investments in strong and equitable national child protection systems and efforts to address the stigma and discrimination faced by children without adequate care and protection.